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Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan on his climate change priorities

Climate change is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, risk to London.  I want to put our city at the leading edge of the fight against this risk. But London can’t take on this challenge alone. That’s why I have joined forces with leaders of world cities to find ways that we can  create cleaner, greener, better and healthier cities together.

In my new role of Vice Chair on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Steering Committee, I will ensure that London is a beacon to the world and helps to generate the opportunities that will accelerate the pace of change to create better cities for all. It’s about having joint actions on environmental issues and sharing innovation. It’s about ensuring that the green market scales up operations and lowers the price of green technology. I will make sure that the opportunities and benefits are available to all.

I want London to be the leader in low-carbon innovation and industry, cleaning up our dangerously polluted air, and setting out an ambitious long-term plan for clean energy in our capital.  As the founding city of C40, London has always been a leader on the issue of climate change and a proud supporter of this innovative network of megacities.


In my first week as Mayor, I announced ground-breaking action on air quality, including bringing forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zone and new charges for the oldest, most polluting vehicles. My new programme Energy for Londoners will help to create a low carbon London, especially as City Hall has been directed by Ofgem to advertise an application for a new type of junior electricity supply licence. If granted, London will be the first local authority in the UK to hold a special ‘licence lite’ licence that will buy energy from small low and zero carbon energy generators and sell directly to the public sector to help meet their electricity needs.

I am thrilled to have won the vote of confidence from Mayor’s all across Europe and I look forward to the next meeting of the C40 Steering Committee, which will take place here at London’s City Hall in August.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was recently elected to the role of Vice Chair on the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Steering Committee. Mayors serving as Vice Chairs on the Steering Committee represent the geographically diverse members of the global network and Mayor Khan will represent the Europe region, alongside Copenhagen.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.
  • Tim Watson

    Where does the search for growth and increased house building sit with a greener London. We need less people in London.

  • John

    It is a great thing to hear that you are doing everything possible to deal with Climate change, need leader like you Sir

  • Meg Howarth
  • Matthew wright

    Not sure charging older motorbikes to be run in London is going to do much but increase pollution…

  • Mark Priestley

    So, why is he planning 4 concrete and asphalt plants around Olympic park?

  • Mark Priestley

    So, why is he planning 4 concrete and asphalt plants around the Olympic park?

  • Felicity Cobbing

    Great vision – but stopping the plans for concrete & asphalt factories in Hackney Wick would show real commitment not empty words.

  • Felicity Cobbing

    Great vision – but stopping planned concrete & asphalt factories in Hackney Wick near the Olympic Park would show real commitment not just empty words

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